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Eric Dier insists England recall is ‘starting point’ for his resurgence

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Tottenham defender Eric Dier has vowed to push for a starting spot under England manager Gareth Southgate after earning his first recall to the squad since March 2021.

The versatile defender has not played for his country since late 2020, after which a downturn in form at club level saw Dier lose his spot for the Three Lions.

However, Antonio Conte has made Dier a key part of his Tottenham setup and has long vowed that the 28-year-old is good enough to return for England, and he was proven right as Southgate selected Dier for his upcoming squad.

“I am just looking forward to going and I think as my manager said during the week, for me it is my ambition for this just to be a starting point for me,” Dier said in response to his call-up. “I think I can still do a lot more

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“Honestly [a recall] wasn’t what I was thinking about. I was just thinking about being as good a player as I can be for Tottenham and everything else that happens is a consequence of that.

“I think that’s the only thing I had to focus on and the only thing that was in my control. Everything else that happens, happens.

“For me, I am just very thankful for the way that my team-mates, coaching staff and everyone at Tottenham has supported me, pushed me and tried to help me get back to the national team.”

Dier has 45 England caps to his name since making his debut under Roy Hodgson in November 2015. He was a core part of the squad at Euro 2016 and a rotation player in the 2018 World Cup, but he has not played at a major tournament since then.

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RUMOUR: Man Utd could launch shock Pickford swoop as they consider letting De Gea go

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Manchester United may consider a shock bid for Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the midst of uncertainty encompassing David De Gea’s future, reports propose.

As per the Telegraph, United are not persuaded they need to broaden De Gea’s agreement, which runs out in June and procures him an astounding £350,000, and could allow him to go free of charge in June.

The Spanish shot-stopper, who was omitted from Luis Enrique’s Spain squad for the international break, suffered a poor start to the season with a raft of errors most notably at Brentford.

And United are also dealing with a high wage bill that reached a Premier League record of £384million last season.

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The Red Devils announced earlier this week that their salaries have increased by a whopping £61.6m from the previous year.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return as well as Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane’s arrivals led to a 19.1 per cent increase in their salary bill as well as a net loss amounting to £115.5m.

United are assessing their long-term plans and a change between the sticks can’t be ruled out, even though De Gea, 31, has improved recently and has been integral in the last 11 years at Old Trafford.

That could bring England’s No1 Pickford, 28, into the frame come January.

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The Everton shot stopper has various clubs carefully monitoring his situation as he will have just one year left on his Everton contract at the end of the season.

The England international is also a homegrown player, which is very appealing to his suitors.

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‘Something’s just clicked inside him now’ – Man Utd supporters react to Diogo Dalot’s emergence

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'Something's just clicked inside him now' - Man Utd supporters react to Diogo Dalot's emergence

Diogo Dalot has been a fringe player at Old Trafford for a few seasons, in any event, leaving the club on a season-long credit at a certain point.

However, the 23-year-old has laid down a good foundation for himself as the best option right-back under Erik ten Witch while likewise arising as a key player for Portugal.

And Manchester United supporters are glad to see the Portuguese but it time and effort in order to get better as a player and put his Old Trafford career back on track.

Adam-Utd (through RedCafe): “He never really seemed to care before, just got skinned so easily 1v1 and gave up. Something’s just clicked inside him now, he’s a completely different player. Ever since he got destroyed by Villareal it’s like he looked in the mirror and said nope never again.”

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VanDeBank: “He’s clearly performing better. He’s more effective in the final third, which for a large part is attributable to more confidence and a proper team. His main defensive weakness has improved through more confidence and being put through the ringer a few times. Dalot’s progress has been a slow, consistent climb. Truth is, his athleticism, defensive positioning and build up play were on display last season as well.”

ForeverRed1: “He is now showing his true potential and then some. He’s clearly listening to the new manager and training hard to show what he can do. If he carries on the way he is, we have a seriously good player on our hands. This is why we wanted ETH, this is what he had to do when we couldn’t go out and just buy a new starting XI. We needed players like Dalot to step up and he did.”

tenpoless: “I’ve always had faith in him. I never really liked AWB, he’s too one dimensional. Dalot looks like one of those players who can be coached to be better, not necessarily world class, but better.”

golden_blunder: “Hands up, I for one never trusted him as a defender. But he’s doing brilliantly under a proper coaching system and doesn’t have to line up alongside Lindelof-Maguire which must have sapped his confidence. Long may it continue.”

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red woppit: “It certainly looks like Ten Hag and his coaching team have worked hard with Dalot. He has a lot more confidence, both defending, where I felt he was quite weak, and attacking, where he seemed stronger early in his career, but last season he seemed to lose everything.”

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Raheem Sterling backs England manager Gareth Southgate

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Raheem Sterling has backed England manager Gareth Southgate, insisting that the Three Lions are heading in the right direction despite recent form.

England have endured a rather torrid run of results of late, failing to win any of their last five games and suffering relegation in the Nations League thanks to the 1-0 defeat to Italy at San Siro on Friday.

Ahead of the Three Lions’ final game prior to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Sterling talked the press about the team’s form and Southgate’s position as manager:

“We all know that is what comes with football and playing at the highest level. You are under scrutiny and a lot of it is unfair, of course, but that is the level we are at with England.

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“We are always under that pressure to win, and this small loss of form is not something we need to panic about. We now have a big opportunity coming up in the winter to go out and show what we can do again.

 “For what he [Southgate] has done since he has been in the job, he’s taken us to a semi-final and a final, and it just shows the direction we are going in.

“Yes, we know we are not at the level we can be right now, but I still think we have positives to look at. He’s always tried to make the environment really calm for us so that we can go out there and do what we need to do on the football field.

“After the summer, we all had to come away and look at ourselves. None of us were proud of those performances and I don’t think it is for Gareth to shoulder all of that blame.

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“We’ve got players in our squad that have played at the highest level, and we need to take some of that responsibility and start to put some of these performances right, and win football matches. That is what we are here for. We are not a country here to just take part, we want to win things. We’ve spoken as a collective and I think we are in the right state to put things right.”



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